As we get close to the release of Assassin's Creed Unity, more details are starting to emerge. The biggest piece of information for this fifth iteration in the Assassin's Creed series is that the game-play map is said to be quite big.
Examiner.com reports that Assassin's Creed Unity's map is actually bigger than the game that immediately proceeded it. Assassin's Creed Black Flag had quite a large land mass, but Unity is going to eclipse that.
Lesley Phord-Toy, who is a producer on Assassin's Creed Unity, said that the setting being in Paris, as well as a 1 to 1 map layout, is an attempt to make sure the game is as realistic as possible. Making the layout as realistic as possible has led to the map being quite a bit bigger than in other Assassin's Creed games.
Phord-Toy discussed the map size in a recent interview:
"In previous Assassin's Creed games, we did Rome and a bunch of other cities, they were a bit cheated in terms of scale. In Paris, the monuments are done in 1:1 because you are able to go inside seamlessly with no loading, and so the actual size of Paris is larger than all of the landmass in AC IV: Black Flag."
Of course, Black Flag was mostly set on the ocean, and that was able to make the world look a little bigger than it actually was. It will be interesting to see just how big the world in Unity is when all is said and done.
Unity has come under a little bit of fire in the last few weeks, in large part because the game's creators allowed for a deep multiplayer experience, but none of the playable characters are female.
The video game industry in general has come under quite a bit of fire for not having enough strong female playable characters. Ubisoft has actually included a playable female character in other versions of the Assassin's Creed series.
For its part, Ubisoft claims it was just going to require too much work in order to put a playable woman into Unity. The company has said it's going to be working harder on getting these female characters into future iterations.
Assassin's Creed Unity will be made available on the PS4, the Xbox One and the PC on October 8. There are still rumors that an Assassin's Creed for the last generation of consoles is coming fairly soon as well.